After months of uproar, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been invited to King Charles’ coronation.
But will they be there?
With the UK’s first coronation in 70 years just six weeks away, this very important question continues to hang over Buckingham Palace.
And it looks like Meghan and Harry are using the organizers’ anxiety to their advantage.
According to a new report from ALL RIGHT! magazine, palace officials are keen for the entire Windsor clan to be in attendance for one of the greatest days in modern British history.
But Harry and Meghan are refusing to make the trip if they are to be treated like second-class members of the family.
Specifically, they want to be included in the post-coronation photoshoot that will take place on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
But for some reason the royals were hesitant to secure the Sussexes a place on the balcony.
“The palace is trying to conclude the negotiations as soon as possible because they cannot go through with it. It could lead to chaos,” an insider told the outlet (via the New York Post).
“However, what the Sussexes are asking for is that they be included with the rest of the family at the Palace later today,” the source continued.
To further complicate matters, Charles won’t be the only one celebrating a momentous occasion on May 6:
“It’s also Prince Archie’s birthday on the day of the coronation, so they’d like some kind of nod to that over lunch or a happy hour,” the insider noted.
“Even if it’s just a mention of happy birthday.”
The source adds that the presence of Harry and Meghan’s children at the coronation was “never a bone of contention”, according to the source, due to the “fussiness and temper tantrums” the children tend to have .
But while both sides agree that young children probably shouldn’t attend the event, it seems increasingly unlikely that they can agree on other logistical matters.
“It could very well end in a stalemate and they won’t participate,” the palace insider said. ALL RIGHT! magazine.
“But the palace is doing everything in its power to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
Harry and Meghan’s concerns may seem inconsequential, but this is an event focused on symbolism.
And the Sussexes know that the British tabloid press would grasp the iconic significance of the Sussexes being forced to take their place among the masses as the ‘real’ royals take center stage.
For once, Harry is in a strong position over his royal father – and it would be foolish not to take advantage of that.